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STEAM at Northwestern University

Northwestern's Office of STEM Education Partnerships builds relationships between Northwestern faculty and departments and the regional K-12 community. We offer professional development for teachers and administrators interested in implementing STEAM in their schools and districts. We host STEAM Summit, a regional gathering of STEAM programs, and a series of STEAM workshops for teachers.

McCormick College of Engineering: Whole Brain Engineering

Northwestern University faculty actively create STEAM experiences for university students through research and collaboration. The Segal Design Institute in the McCormick School of Engineering supports an undergraduate design course for all Engineering undergraduates that offers a unique combination of writing, visual communication & hands on design process. Their course, Design Thinking & Communication, has successfully increased enrollment and retention, particularly for women and minorities studying Engineering at Northwestern. The Office of STEM Education Partnerships has partnered with McCormick to share their innovative model with K-12 educators and administrators, in an effort to help support effective k-12 STEM to STEAM program development.


FUSE: Interest-Driven STEAM Exploration

Researchers at Northwestern have developed FUSE, an interest driven STEAM exploration program that can be offered in or out of school and is geared for youth in grades 5-12. In FUSE, youth choose from a wide array of challenges that appeal to their existing interests in music, design, and pop culture. Youth work at their own pace to complete the FUSE challenges, leveling up through increasingly complex projects and producing unique artifacts along the way. FUSE Facilitators, who are usually teachers or librarians from our partner organizations, act as problem solving coaches and mentors in each studio.

Over 50 schools have implemented FUSE, including multiple district-wide implementations across the country. Please visit the FUSE website for more information.


For more information or to discuss your program needs email steam@northwestern.edu.

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